Favorite Things: Back to School Goodies

I love Back-to-School shopping. Even during the years when no one in our house was going to school, I’ve used this time of year as an excuse to shop (and buy!).

This year, Lily is starting Kindergarten–the big time. She has been in Pre-K for two years, but this year feels different.

Here are my favorite finds for back to school organization and of course, fabulous-ness (is this a word?!).  Please share your favorites in the comments section!

1. The Lunch Cube (by Klip It, available at Sur La Table)

The Lunch Cube, middle right

The Lunch Cube, retailing for just $6, is a great Bento-style lunch box solution. The top compartment is perfect for a sandwich and the bottom has two sections for sides. And the best part: it fits right inside of most lunch boxes–so your kids don’t have to sacrifice their style (Lily would die if she could not carry her Tinkerbelle lunch box to school everyday). I also grabbed the 6.7 oz size for snack time ($3) and the 11.8 oz split size (one side for yogurt and the other for granola).  It is all eco-friendly and wallet friendly.

2. FooDoodler
This might be the last year that Lily is not embarrassed by love notes in her lunch box–so I am taking advantage. The FooDoodler markers are adorable and perfect for writing on sandwiches, crackers, bagels and cookies. Plus, my kids love them. The Food Doodlers actually write like regular markers–making them fun for an afternoon food craft. I grabbed my pack at Sur la Table, but they are also available from Amazon.com. Prices vary $7-$10.

Edible love notes.

3. Cold Packs from Pottery Barn Kids
I grabbed a couple of these cold packs at the PBK store for $2 each during the Labor Day sale. They are just the right size to slip in Lily’s lunch bag and well, they are cute to look at. Bonus: the cold packs work great on bumps and bruises too.

Available at PBK

4. Retro Barrette Craft–from Disney Family Fun

Love re-living my childhood in hair!

Remember these fabulous braided barrettes? Since Lily has to wear a uniform everyday–the hair is where we have fun. This craft is super easy (and cheap–a 6 pack of barrettes was $3 and ribbon was 50-cent a spool at JoAnn fabric). We’ve already made a bunch in a rainbow of colors.

5. Little Kids Sigg Water Bottle
We are Sigg fans in our house and love the Little Kids Water bottle (we have Paddington Bear on ours). These water bottles never leak, ever. And they last forever–without getting grimy. You can find Siggs at Whole Foods or online for about $17.99 (or less).